Rob Oller | Vitriol aimed at Astros shows society doesn’t condone cheating – Sports – The Columbus Dispatch


Whew. For a minute there I thought baseball was going to hell with the rest of our cheating-is-OK culture. You know, the one that doesn’t care when friends share paywall passwords or gardeners load an extra bag of mulch without paying.

No doubt I have been guilty of similar unsavory behavior. We’re all hypocrites to some extent. But from my #okBoomer perspective, integrity is slipping so quickly in politics, business and private life that breaking the rules no longer counts as an egregious act.

But the Houston Astros have restored my faith. Well, OK, let’s not credit the Astros; it’s more that the overwhelming negative reaction to Houston’s cheating scandal is proving the adage — tweaked to fit current circumstances — that cheaters lose even when they win.

Chicago had its Black Sox scandal and Houston has its Asterisks, who won a World Series title with some help from cheating in 2017 but whose reputations are being ruined in a blaze of angry outbursts by fans and fellow players.

The harsh comments will die down, but Houston’s players will continue to suffer the consequences through a 2020 season in which they’ll hear every name in the book — mostly…

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